Yuri Ambrazevich, Belarus’ Permanent Representative to the UN, has been elected Chairperson of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
Belarusian diplomat was unanimously elected Chairperson of the UNECE. The news was made public by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“It is for the first time that the Belarusian representative has been elected head of the main executive body of the UN international economic organization,” the Belarusian MFA Affairs said.
The day before that, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei visited Geneva for a session of the Economic Commission for Europe. There he called for strengthening the role of the organization and starting a dialogue between the European and Eurasian unions.
The UNECE is one of the five regional commissions under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It was established to promote economic cooperation and integrations.
The Commission is composed of 56 member states, most of which are based in Europe. Along with the European states, it includes the USA, Canada, Turkey, Israel and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.
Prior to the permanent mission of Belarus in Geneva, Yuri Ambrazevich headed the main department of multilateral diplomacy of the Foreign Ministry.
In a big interview to TUT.BY he explained why Minsk can’t recognize the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Belarus, why we need the UN, and who is lobbying for the same-sex marriage there.